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there is a God who will always help whenever we need help. This shows clearly that there is God who will always come forward to help us.
We reached a hilly region where we had to walk on level ground, climb up in the hilly tract and then go lower down. This hilly region was about 15 to 20 miles. This route leads us to Imphal state. At about 4 pm, in the evening it will be very cold and chill. For getting drinking water we had to go down about 200 to 300 feet by narrow pedestrian track. From 4 pm to night and early morning there will be the howling noise of jackals and other wild animals. While going through hilly tract, the route was slippery as previously there was rain. During our journey also there was light drizzling. So to avoid falling down, we had strong sticks, plucked from the forest. This stick was used, as we had to rest on the stick and walk like old men.
We passed through Imphal State and reached Dunapur railway station. There we purchased Ist class railway ticket hoping to have a comfortable railway journey. After we got into the compartment (1st. class) many passengers without tickets rushed into our compartment. There was heavy crowd in the compartment. At Dunapur railway station we purchased peas for our journey. This journey was to Na Pandu railway station. There was no bridge, we had to walk on the sands of the river and reach the other side to take the train to Sealdah railway station. We reached Sealdah railway station on 18th May, 1942.
About 4 of us joined and took a taxi and asked the taxi driver to take us to a Madrasi hotel in Calcutta. There we took Masala dosai, poori, good coffee etc. as we did not have good food or coffee etc for about 20 days. We then enquired and went to a hair cutting saloon. As we had grown lot of hair on our head and beard, we had a crop, and then took a room in the hotel. We took rest for the night. Next day we went to Howrah railway station to find out if we can go conveniently by train to Madras.
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